Air­port gam­ble

Whitsunday Times - - WHIT SUNDAY VIEWS -

I WOULD like to ask Kevin Collins to ex­plain a few things. If coun­cil goes from a level 4 to a level 5 do all in ad­min­is­tra­tion get a pay in­crease too?

The facts are: one month ago in my street the bank had an auc­tion on land the Coun­cil and State val­ued at $ 285,000. They could not get $160,000.

So Kev if this is rep­re­sen­ta­tive over your 27,968 reg­is­tered own­ers with 40 % in value knocked off the Whit­sun­day Coun­cil area, why is the ad­min­is­tra­tion still spend­ing?

The pub­lic ser­vants in ad­min­is­tra­tion seem to have their own pet projects and do not con­sult ratepay­ers who are ex­pected to con­trib­ute for the ben­e­fit of a few.

The Air­port Project di­rec­tor took a trip to sign a couple of bits of pa­per in Hong Kong. Why did the E-Cheng Group not come to our town to sign the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing?

It is great to be pos­i­tive, but the ben­e­fit of an in­ter­na­tional air­port will be in­fec­tious to Air­lie Beach busi­ness own­ers, de­vel­op­ers and is­land re­sorts only.

I would say our coun­cil­lors are not stupid but they are “play­ing” with other peo­ples’ money. Th­ese are big bets on an in­ter­na­tional air­port that are made well in ad­vance. The ratepay­ers have not been asked if they want to have this “bet”.

Brian Mag­ill Bowen

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